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PHIL 117 Existentialism

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A study of the problems of the existing individual, or inner-most self, especially the problem of choice in the context of radical freedom and finitude. Particular attention will be paid to the philosophical writings of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and de Beauvoir. Some themes will be examined through the literary works of these and other philosophers, such as Camus, and Dostoevsky. (3 units.)

Before enrolling in this course you must have completed/attained: GWAR certification (prior to Fall 2009); or WPJ score of 80 or above; or 3 units of ENGL 109M/W; or 4 units of ENGL 109M/W + co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70/71 + co-enrollment in ENGL 109X. Absolutely no exceptions.

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. -- Camus

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. -- Kierkegaard

We are always in our own company. -- Nietzsche

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. -- Sartre



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Syllabus Fall 2013
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Reading for Sept 4th
Solomon, "Introduction"

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Updated: 30 August, 2013